Football legend Damien Duff helps Heart Children Ireland unveil new fundraising art appeal called ‘Our Heart Needs Yours’

  • amien Duff creates his own heart with a very special – but powerful – message inside for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Children Ireland celebrating 30 years of supporting families dealing with Congenital Heart Disease

Heart Children Ireland, the voluntary support group for those affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), has teamed up with football legend Damien Duff to unveiled a new fundraising appeal for the charity.

As a voluntary organisation with no state funding, Heart Children Ireland depends on donations from the public. Due to COVID19, none of the usual fund-raising events can take place, so as a result, Heart Children Ireland have developed an innovative initiative called ‘Our Hearts Need Yours’. Members of the public are being asked to draw a heart containing a supportive message to remind CHD patients that even though it is a challenging time for all, they are never forgotten or alone.

Damien Duff, former Irish football player and Heart Children Ireland Ambassador, has drawn his own heart with a simple but powerful message inside – ‘you will never walk alone’. Each heart and message submitted will be included in a very special book which go on sale, allowing the general public and patients to keep this creative treasure forever.

Damien Duff, Heart Children Ireland Ambassador, says; ‘I am delighted to be supporting this wonderful campaign ‘Our Hearts Need Yours’ to raise much needed funds and awareness for Heart Children Ireland. I have drawn my own heart with the special message to all CHD patients out there to assure them that they will never walk alone.  Please donate what you can to the organisation and don’t forget to draw your hearts – I am looking forward to seeing them all once they are bound together!’

The fundraising target is €40,000 – enough for Heart Children Ireland to continue operating for the next few months providing vital support to its members, in particular their Family Psychology Support Service. CHD is the most common of all birth defects, affecting one in every 100 children born.

Margaret Rogers, CEO of Heart Children Ireland, says: “Right now, Heart Children Ireland is doing everything possible to maintain our services, however, it is not possible without the help of the generous public. So, to keep the children busy and to raise much needed funds, we’re asking children (and adults!) to grab their colouring pencils and draw a heart and write a message inside. Once completed, email your heart and don’t forget to donate what you can.”

You can email your heart to

Those with CHD are particularly vulnerable during COVID-19 and need to ensure they take extra measures to safeguard their health during this time. Particular conditions include:

  • Single ventricle circulation
  • Those with chronic cyanosis (oxygen saturations less than 85% persistently)
  • Patients with severe cardiomyopathies requiring medication
  • Patients with pulmonary hypertension requiring medication
  • Patients who have undergone heart transplantation

Heart Children Ireland is the support group in Ireland for parents and families of children, adolescents and adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). This is the most common of all birth defects affecting one in every 100 children born. This year, Heart Children Ireland celebrates 30 years supporting families on the CHD journey with their child and also, supporting the Children’s Heart Centre at CHI at Crumlin and the Adult Congenital Unit at the Mater Hospital.

To make a donation to Heart Children Ireland, please log on to